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The Meno di Trenta awards put young Italian actors in the spotlight

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- Giulio Pranno, Ludovica Martino, Carlotta Antonelli and Giacomo Ferrara are the winners of the first edition of this awards ceremony, dedicated to Italian film and TV actors under 30 years of age

The Meno di Trenta awards put young Italian actors in the spotlight
Actor Giulio Pranno at the Meno di Trenta awards ceremony (© Rocco Giurato)

Giulio Pranno, Ludovica Martino, Carlotta Antonelli and Giacomo Ferrara are the winners of the first edition of Meno di Trenta, a new awards ceremony dedicated to Italian film and TV actors under thirty years of age. Devised by Silvia Saitta with the artistic direction of Stefano Amadio and Silvia Saitta, the event was hosted by Rome’s Nuovo Cinema Aquila with the sponsorship of Mibact.

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The Press Jury, composed of Vittoria Scarpa (Cineuropa), Luca Ottocento (Fabrique Du Cinéma), Elena Balestri (Funweek.it), Valentina Ariete/Margherita Bordino/Eva Carducci/Gabriella Gilberti/Sonia Serafini (The Giornaliste) and Alessandra De Tommasi (Airquotes.it), selected its winners from among the competition’s four main categories, starting with the artistic direction’s top five works released between 1 January and 31 October 2019. The awards ceremony took place on Saturday 7 December in Rome’s Nuovo Cinema Aquila.

The Best Actor – Film award went to Giulio Pranno for Gabriele SalvatoresVolare [+see also:
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, because “he lends lightness and a perfect and special kind of empathy to the character of Vincent. He touched all of our hearts in this role and revealed his immense talent”. Pranno got the better of Giampiero De Concilio (If Life Gives You Lemons [+see also:
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), Francesco Di Napoli (Piranhas [+see also:
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), Francesco Gheghi (My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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) and Guglielmo Poggi (Welcome Back Mr. President [+see also:
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).

The Best Actress – Film prize, meanwhile, went to Ludovica Martino – who starred in Leonardo D’Agostini’s The Champion [+see also:
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- “for having lent the character of Alessia just the right dose of authenticity and sweetness” and for the “radiant and forthright presence she has in each and every on-screen appearance”. The other nominees were Anastasiya Bogach (Twin Flower [+see also:
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), Ginevra Francesconi (The Nest [+see also:
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), Angela Fontana (Lucania [+see also:
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) and the duo composed of Blu Yoshimi and Denise Tantucci (Likemeback [+see also:
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).

In terms of categories relating to TV series, Carlotta Antonelli was crowned Best Actress – Fiction for her role in the Netflix original series Suburra – Season 2for her ability to convey with great intensity – primarily through the study of facial expressions and gestures - the strong resolve of the character of Angelica”. Antonelli was a finalist alongside Antonia Fotaras (Mentre ero via), Benedetta Gargari (Skam Italia 3), Fotinì Peluso (La compagnia del cigno) and Valentina Romani (La Porta Rossa 2).

Likewise recognised for his role in Suburra – Season 2, and awarded the trophy for Best Actor – Fiction, was Giacomo Ferrara, who “lent Spadino the very best of his talent, alternating fiery looks with unsettling smiles. He also lent some of his dance moves”. Ferrara was in the running alongside Giancarlo Commare (Skam Italia 3), Emanuele Misuraca (La compagnia del cigno), Eduardo Valdarnini (Suburra - Season 2) and Lorenzo Zurzolo (Baby 2).

The Under 30 New Generation Special Award was also presented at the ceremony, a prize bestowed upon the 22-year-old director Phaim Bhuiyan for his film Bangla [+see also:
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. Assigned by the Meno di Trenta’s artistic direction team, the award looks to recognise projects which explore contemporary, universal themes such as integration and respect for fellow humans.

Last but not least, 19-year-old Jenny De Nucci scooped the Under 30 New Media Special Award, a prize which recognises forward-thinking approaches within the arts and the field of communications, assigned by a jury composed of high school students.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Best Actor – Film
Giulio Pranno - Volare [+see also:
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Best Actress - Film
Ludovica Martino – The Champion [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo D’Agostini
film profile
]

Best Actress – Fiction
Carlotta Antonelli - Suburra - Season 2

Best Actor – Fiction
Giacomo Ferrara - Suburra - Season 2

Under 30 New Generation Special Award
Phaim Bhuiyan - Bangla [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]

Under 30 New Media Special Award
Jenny De Nucci

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(Translated from Italian)

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